Esplanade Presents

Music | Dance

Amma's Dance

Deva Priya Appan & Fontane Liang (Singapore)

27 Jun 2024, Thu, 6.45pm & 7.45pm

30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

Free
Synopsis

Does motherhood overwhelm one's identity? Amma’s Dance delves into the challenges modern mothers confront while juggling various roles and societal expectations. The sacrifices and pressures can take a toll on a modern mother’s mental health. So, what steps can they take to realign and rediscover themselves? And what can those around them do to support their quest for self-discovery and identity? Join Priya and Fontane, both artists, mental health professionals and mothers as they present a semi-improvised piece where Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance intersects with the Western classical harp. Audience members will be guided to participate.

Advisory:

No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Deva Priya Appan & Fontane Liang

Fontane's Instagram

Deva Priya Appan and Fontane Liang both work in the arts and in mental health. Priya began her journey with dance at the age of 7 with Apsaras Arts, making her solo dance debut at 15. She was a member of the Singapore Multi Ethnic Dance Ensemble and continues to perform with Apsaras Arts. In 2022, she received the prestigious Bharata Kala Mani award for her achievements in Indian Classical Dance.

 

Fontane delved into music at the tender age of 3 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music and Masters in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). She has won several awards in Europe and is currently a harpist with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

 

Colleagues at the Institute of Mental Health, Dr Priya, a consultant psychiatrist, and Fontane, a senior music therapist, specialise in children and adolescent psychiatry. In 2022, they co-presented at an international psychiatry conference in Dubai, discussing the role of music therapy in understanding generational cultural differences. While they've collaborated on various clinical cases, this is their first time sharing the stage as artists.

Date & Time

27 Jun 2024, Thu

6.45pm

Esplanade Concourse

7.45pm

Esplanade Concourse
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